Bruss, Elizabeth W. Beautiful Theories: The Spectacle of Discourse in Contemporary Criticism. Baltimore, Md.: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982. A thorough exploration of Sontag’s essays and screenplays, with discussions of her theory of literature that contribute greatly to an understanding of the aims of her short fiction.
Kennedy, Liam. Susan Sontag: Mind as Passion. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995. A detailed study of Sontag’s career. Kennedy is especially insightful about the intellectual influences on Sontag’s writing. His book includes discussions of individual stories.
Poague, Leland, ed. Conversations with Susan Sontag. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1995. An indispensable guide to Sontag’s writing. Not only do her interviews contain many illuminating remarks about her short fiction, but also Poague’s introduction and chronology provide the best introduction to Sontag’s work as a whole.
Rollyson, Carl, and Lisa O. Paddock. Susan Sontag: The Making of an Icon. New York: W. W. Norton, 2000. The first, and unauthorized biography of the American leftist intellectual essayist, fiction writer, and political activist Sontag, a book which diminishes rather than enlarges its subject.
Sayres, Sohnya. Susan Sontag: The Elegiac Modernist. New York: Routledge, 1990. Sayres’s introduction and biographical chapter provide significant insight into the background of Sontag’s short fiction. Sayres also discusses individual stories, but her jargon will prove difficult to the beginning student of Sontag’s work.
Vidal, Gore. United States Essays 1952-1992. New York: Random House, 1993. Contains essays on the French New Novel and on Sontag’s second novel, Death Kit. Although Vidal does not discuss Sontag’s short fiction, his lucid explanation of the New Novel and of Sontag’s theory of fiction provide an excellent framework for studying the stories in I, Etcetera.